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Aug 23, 2009 3:30pm EDT
being thrown around but our senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is here of course to break it all down for us and most importantly tell us why it matters and what it really means for you. elizabeth, thanks for being here. appreciate it. >> of course, poppy. the big news this week about health care reform was whether or not the public option, which is basically government-sponsored health care as an option, has to be a part of health care reform. obama proposed it, and then there were some questions as to whether or not he was backing away. here's what secretary of health and human services kathleen sebelius had to say. >> here's the bottom line. absolutely nothing is changed. we continue to support the public option. that will help lower costs, give american consumers more choice, and keep private insurers honest. if people have other ideas about how to accomplish these goals, we'll look at those, too, but the public option is a very good way to do this. >> so, poppy, what it sounds like she's saying is we like the public option here in the white house but it's not a deal b
HLN
Aug 9, 2009 3:30pm EDT
in washington as congress heads home for its summer recess. cnn senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen joins us now from atlanta to discuss one of the most common complaints about health insurance, that the companies, insurance companies deny claims they really should pay. elizabeth, what should you do when an insurance company denies your claim? >> reporter: gerri, you know how in real estate everything is location, location, location? well, patient advocates tell me when you're fighting an insurance denial the words are "fight, fight, fight." you just need to keep fighting. let's take a look at specific tips we have from the empowered patient column about how to fight an insurance company when they're denying a claim they ought to be paying. first of all, get all the paperwork so that you can prove your case. that means the paperwork from your doctor and from your insurance company. then as i said, fight, fight, fight. that means appeal your insurance company's decisions. advocates tell me that most of the time when people appeal they actually get their way, which is interesting. >>
CNN
Aug 1, 2009 4:00pm EDT
's in it for you. our senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen has been doing a great job answering a lot of questions about what does this public health care plan mean if it's passed by both houses on the hill? i asked her earlier about a question that many of you have been asking. is this socialize medicine? wilt government getting involved? so many questions coming from you the viewer. so we've asked elizabeth cohen to answer them. it's an advisable course of action but having it mandated is taking away a choice and therefore by taking away my freedom to make the choice. is it true? is it being limited? >> there are some plans where every american will be man ditd have health care insurance. so zarv saying, i want to make the choice not to have insurance. it's my choice as an american. it might not be his choice for much longer. so if he's asking is a mandate limiting my options, yes, it would. you can't go without health snurns there's a mandate. but a lot of people would say zarv selfish to not have health insurance because if he gets into a car accident or cancer, guess who's going
CNN
Aug 22, 2009 2:00pm EDT
that elizabeth cohen does. it's called empowered patient. she lists these tips right here. we have a couple on the graphic. it's so interesting. check out this graphic. she points to a couple of things. one is in about a dozen states you can become a group of one. so you're not just one person trying to get insurance, you're getting the benefit of a group out there if you can find the right way to do that. some states you can join this high risk pool. if you have pre-existing conditions it may cost you more but you can still become part of the group insurance plan instead of being completely alone and trying to get that insurance coverage. this is just one example that people are asking us. we're going through your questions right now and coming up in 90 minutes i'll be answering some. cnn.com/josh or cnn.com/healthcare. drew, this is a good one. we'll have more this hour and later into the 4:00 hour. >> jesse jackson jr. -- >> i saw part of it. >> can you find out what that's all about. >> as soon as we get off the air i'll go and find out. >> my question. maybe i should go to cnn.com. sub
CNN
Aug 18, 2009 9:00am EDT
here is clarifying comments on the public option. our elizabeth cohen is going to break down the health care debate and try and get to what's critical for you. we're going to be talking about co-ops today, by the way and also watching what's going on in the atlantic, the hurricane season is well into it. could bill make a beeline for the atlantic coast? bill or anna, which is it? >>> it's make or break month for health care reform and a lot of supporters of the public option are wondering if that element of health care reform is even going to happen now. given what the president's been saying for the last couple of days. there's been hint the administration over the weekend could totally drop the option just to get something passed. but now there's a different signal. linda douglas has released a statement. listen to this, what's your take on this? the president has always said that what is essential is that health insurance reform must lower costs, ensure that there are affordable options for all americans and it must increase choice and competition in the health insurance market. he b
HLN
Aug 8, 2009 3:30pm EDT
from your insurance company. >> elizabeth cohen, great information. thank you so much. >> thanks. >>> all right. most people have something they don't like about their jobs but listen up. now is definitely time not to quit. how to make the most of a bad job, next. >>> employment numbers released this week showed workers are still feeling the recession even as many are saying the u.s. economy is beginning to recover. the latest adp employment report shows a loss of 371,000 jobs from private sector and that is the smallest monthly loss since october. the report was better than economists earlier predicted of 350,000 jobs for the month of july. clearly, if you're unhappy with your job you need a solution that doesn't involve giving up your paycheck and re-entering an already unstable job market. the managing editor of yahoo hot jobs joins us now and you've got some really interesting advice, tom. i want to tell viewers out there, recent survey according to a recent survey some 54% of workers said if i could leave my job i would and what's more as soon as this economic downturn is ov
CNN
Aug 15, 2009 2:00pm EDT
the road. our senior medical correspondent, elizabeth cohen explains. >>> hi. >> reporter: nicole loves shoes. from paris to payless, she has picked up more than 50 pairs, mostly stilettos and high heels. >> the style not the comfort. >> reporter: mi coal has been wearing heels since sixth grade and over the years her choice of footwear caused her a number of problems. >> i have bad knees broken my ankles a couple times and foot pain 24/7. i still wear them. >> reporter: bad news lead to plenty of foot injuries especially for women. yet many never associate their shoes with their podiatric pain. >> heel pain. bunion formation, and flare-ups. >> at temple university, school of podiatric medicine, they're testing shoe styles on feet. equipped with a runway, pressure plates and computer analysis. doctors use the data to better understand how different types of shoes put pressure on various points of the foot including the balls, heels and arches. they're finding the higher the heel, the more stress on the toes and ankle joints, causing a multitude of long lasting health issues. >> the chro
CNN
Aug 21, 2009 3:00pm EDT
're wondering why i'm talking to elizabeth cohen. she'll join us in just a little bit, and there are very important questions. for a long time we've been taking on this debate about what's going on with this health care plan. and so many people have told us. i still don't get it. i don't understand half the time what you're talking about because it's all politics, one side screaming at the other side. >> and look at this. this is the senate and the house health care bills. of course they don't get it. who could get all this? >> here's one of the things we'll talk about. when it comes to cancer treatments, specialized surgeries, rare disorders there's likely no better health care system in the entire world than ours. if we enact health care reform, will we lose that? maybe we'll be as good as other countries but will we lose that dominance? she'll join us to talk about that and your questions, as well. stay with us. that's a lot of paper. >> it is. credit roller coaster ♪ ♪ and as you can see it kinda bites! ♪ ♪ so sing the lyrics with me: ♪ when your debt goes up your score goes
CNN
Aug 10, 2009 9:00am EDT
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CNN
Aug 10, 2009 11:00am EDT
to elizabeth cohen. first comes from jake who writes, i am retired and have blue across insurance along with medicare. will i lose the medicare with the new plan? will i still have to pay $200 and to $167 for medicare a month, can i cancel my blue cross? >> blue cross. you know what, if there's one group of people who need to worry the least about health care reform, it's probably the elderly. the reason for that the elderly already have medicare. they already have government-sponsored health insurance. ry form is about helping people under the age of 65. he really doesn't have to worry about medicare. as i understand the question from jake, he's saying that he's chosen on top of medicare, he decided he needs a private plan as well. supplement medicare which a lot of seniors do. he's asking should he cancel? i would say no. whatever he feels he needs now he'll feel he'll need after health recare reform. >> time for one more from lydia from pittsburgh. will current access to specialists tests and doctor choice veilable through ppo plans be reduced or eliminated under the proposed plan? >
CNN
Aug 17, 2009 11:00am EDT
the smart and informed people in our shop from elizabeth cohen to dr. sanjay gupta and white house correspondents and beyond. most of your question also take time to research. so we'll be able to -- won't be able to get to you right away. we'll do this right here, an example, elizabeth cohen is joining me in the next hour to examine health insurance co-op. they are emerging a possible alternative. elizabeth will explain what they are and how they work. that's in the noon hour. and for more on the health care debate and how reforms could affect you and your family, check out your special health care in america website at cnn.com. you'll find the latest from the town hall meetings and other health care news g to cnn.com/healthcare. >>> the stimulus plan, six months later, are you feeling it? a surprising number of americans say no. ♪ bicycle, what are we waiting for? the flowers are blooming. the air is sweet. and zyrtec® starts... relieving my allergies... 2 hours faster than claritin®. my worst symptoms feel better, indoors and outdoors. with zyrtec®, the fastest... 24-hour al
CNN
Aug 13, 2009 3:00pm EDT
smoked before. elizabeth cohen joins me to talk about this when we come back. (male announcer) if you've had a heart attack caused by a completely blocked artery, another heart attack could be lurking, waiting to strike. a heart attack caused by a clot, one that could be fatal. but plavix helps save lives. plavix, taken with other heart medicines goes beyond what other heart medicines do alone to provide greater protection against heart attack or stroke and even death by helping to keep blood platelets from sticking together and forming clots. ask your doctor about plavix, protection that helps save lives. (female announcer) if you have stomach ulcer or other condition that causes bleeding, you should not use plavix. when taking plavix alone or with some other medicines including aspirin, the risk of bleeding may increase so tell your doctor before planning surgery. and always talk to your doctor before taking aspirin or other medicines with plavix, especially if you've had a stroke. if you develop fever or unexplained weakness or confusion, tell your doctor promptly as these may be s
CNN
Aug 23, 2009 4:00pm EDT
, elizabeth cohen, cnn, atlanta. >>> an update on the search in maine, right after this. why? don't you think nordic tuesday is fun? oh no, it's fun... you know, if you are trying to cut costs, fedex can help. we've got express options, fast ground and freight service-- you can save money and keep the heat on. great idea. that is a great idea. well, if nordic tuesday wasn't so much fun. (announcer) we understand. you need to save money. fedex you need to save money. my name is chef michael. and when i come home from my restaurant, i love showing bailey how special she is. yes, you are. i know exactly what you love, don't i? - [ barks ] - mmm. aromas like rotisserie chicken. and filet mignon. yeah, that's what inspired a very special dry dog food. [ woman ] introducing chef michael's canine creations. so tasty and nutritious it's hard to believe it's dry dog food. chef-inspired. dog-desired.@i chef michael's canine creations.
CNN
Aug 26, 2009 11:00am EDT
reaches a critical point in congress. let's talk to senior medical correspondent, elizabeth cohen, and in arlington, virginia, politico.com's jeanne cummings. ladies, good to talk with both of you. elizabeth, let me start with you. it's important to remember now, as we continue along the path in this debate over health care and health care reform that senator kennedy was talking about this issue long before many, and he never gave up the issue. >> right. it's hard to remember now, as we're all so steeped in health care reform, but in the 1970s there weren't a whole lot of people who were talking about it in the same way that he was. as tony said, he did not get off it, as a matter of fact he wrote a story in "newsweek" magazine that i have right here. and he calls it the cause of his life. that's what he calls it, the cause of his life, and he never gave up on it. and one of the reasons, tony, we were talking about that, this is when his son, teddy jr. had cancer. >> that's right. >> he was in an experimental study. and the study ended early, and the study gave free care. but when
CNN
Aug 7, 2009 9:00am EDT
will have much more on those proposed guidelines later on with elizabeth cohen. stick around for that. >>> also, hypothermia sometimes happens to people who fall through the ice or spend nights out in the cold. why would doctors deliberately cause that condition? dr. sanjay gupta takes a look. >> it is incredibly exciting and i've been looking into this idea of hypothermia for quite some time. this idea of cooling somebody to try to improve the outcome after a cardiac arrest. a lot of studying showing it works, but so many hospitals still not uses it. he is back from the dead. nearly five minutes without a heartbeat after a sudden cardiac arrest. but three years later, he's alive and well. >> i feel stronger, i feel better. >> reporter: part of his treatment at the new york presbyterian hospital was therapeutic hypothermia. >> imagine a chemical burn injury in the brain triggered by 20 minutes of not enough oxygen, hypothermia's like throwing water on the fire. it just puts out the fire. >> reporter: the method is simple. you run chilled saline through an iv and wrap the limbs in pads
CNN
Aug 13, 2009 11:00am EDT
smart important people in our shop from elizabeth cohen and our capitol hill and white house correspondents and beyond. we will address your specific concerns on the air right here in the cnn newsroom. in fact, senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen will join me to answer some of urquestions next hour. >>> still to come, desperate efforts to get aid to folks trapped following record flooding and mudslides in taiwan. look at these images and the situation is getting worse by the minute. we are live amid the devastation. >>> hi, welcome back. you're looking at live pictures from our affiliate out of san francisco kgo shot over the fire there just north of santa cruz in santa cruz county getting close to 2,000 acres burned. a lot of it last night with gusty northwest winds and the smoke and flame prevalent this morning and they're now attacking it by air and by the ground. let's talk more about what the weather situation is out here. we have things that are changing just a little bit. some clouds trying to move in, low clouds and the marine layer would typically help them,
CNN
Aug 18, 2009 1:00pm EDT
. >> so, what might a public option really mean? senior medical correspondent, elizabeth cohen, shows us and tells at the magic wall. elizabeth, what would a government health plan look like? >> right now, kyra, we want to give people the facts about the public option, public health insurance. let's take a look at the basics. basically what we're talking about is the government would be paying for this health insurance. they'd be funding it. they'd be administering it, really, kyra, it is similar to medicare. we're all familiar with medicare. that is basically a government-sponsored health care -- health insurance program for anyone over age 65, you could think of this public option in a way as health care insurance, publicly funded for the rest of us. >> so, what's the big concern? >> well, the big concern is this -- the premiums for this public option are expected to be about 10% to 20% lower than what you would have to pay for private insurance. now, sounds good, right? i mean, who can argue with something that costs less? but the concern is that because it costs less, employers are g
CNN
Aug 17, 2009 4:00pm EDT
correspondent elizabeth cohen to explain precisely. elizabeth, what do these co-ops mean? >> reporter: okay, wolf. the way it stands now is most people either get their insurance through the government, a medicare or medicaid situation, or through a private company, a united or cigna, one of those. a co-op is completely different. it's a nonprofit organization where patients actually elect the governing board. so, you sort of think of it as something that patients run. and also, tens of thousands of members at least are needed in order to make a co-op work. again, it's nonprofit. any money that it makes goes right back into the co-op. some people say you need hundreds of thousands of members to make it work. wolf? >> is there evidence, though, if you create these co-ops around the country, it's going to bring in some of those 46 million uninsured people live manager the united states? >> reporter: you know what, wolf, to get an answer to that, what i did was i asked two people who were involved with two health care co-ops out there. there aren't many, but there are two prominent ones, one i
CNN
Aug 6, 2009 9:00am EDT
it at the top of the hour. >>> i'm elizabeth cohen in atlanta. my empowered patient segment today is about hospitals. they could be dangerous places to be, so we asked nurses, what did you do to survive a stay at the hospital when you were a patient. >>> i'm rob marciano. quiet hurricane season on the at lant but pacific is heating up. hurricane felicia heading towards hawaii. complete forecast coming up in the next hour. heidi? >> appreciate it. >>> auto executives got a tongue lashing when they did it and now some lawmakers want to fly in style at taxpayer expense. >>> a homecoming almost 60 years in the making. army sergeant charles leo wilson left missouri in 1950 to fight in the korean war. surviving family members only now are able to say good-bye. reporter paul shankman with affiliate ktvi has the story. >> reporter: when words are too small to express the magnitude of the moment, there is the salute. >> anybody that will sacrifice their life for our freedom deserves to be honored. >> reporter: sergeant charles leo wilson has come home. he was killed during the first insurgency of t
CNN
Aug 26, 2009 9:00am EDT
on college campuses. elizabeth cohen is here with the very latest on this. is it true, like a bullseye heading towards college campuses. >> they're the perfect storm for something like it. a lot of people in a small space, dormitories, living, breathing, working together. it will happen. let me run down what we know so far and probably more cases than this, this is just what we have heard about. at georgia tech, we're hearing about 100 cases of suspected flu, they don't know if it's swine flu or not. at the university of georgia, 58 cases of confirmed influenza type "a" and at the university of kansas, 118 people with flu-like symptoms. and you can see their isolation room at the university of kansas, they're hard at work trying to get those sick kids isolated. you imagine, welcome to school, now go to a room and be by yourself. >> pretty important to point out, this is the beginning of the school year. not a fun thing have happen. listen, if you're sick, how do you know whether or not it's swine flu. can you waltz in and be tested, what's the scoop on that? >> i got an e-mail from my
CNN
Aug 26, 2009 1:00pm EDT
as if they do have swine flu, erring on the side of caution. our senior medical correspondent, elizabeth cohen, is here, and she's actually starting to hear about suspected new cases daily. so, really, we're talking about the spread, bottom line, not necessarily the number of cases, but how it's spreading. >> right. and not surprising when students gather together at college campuses, once again, you'll see more spread of this disease. anytime you get lots of people in one place, that's what's going to happen. so, let's just -- i'm going to throw out a couple of the numbers we've been hearing today. at the university of kansas, cases of 180 students with flu-like symptoms. right there, you see their isolation room where they're putting some rooms who are sick. at the university of georgia, 58 folks confirmed with influenza type "a," they don't know if it's h1n1. and at georgia tech, they see -- here in atlanta, they're seeing about 100 cases of suspected flu. now, in most of these cases, they have not confirmed that it's h1n1. but as kyra said, many times they treat it as if it were. >> so, wh
CNN
Aug 12, 2009 9:00am EDT
elizabeth cohen and josh levs on the cnn truth squad today. one of the big questions is, will my employer actually going for the public option? first, we want to listen in to what the president's response was to that question. >> i think private insurers should be able to compete. they do it all the time. i mean, if you think about, if you think about it, you know, u.p.s. and fedex are doing just fine, right? no, they are. it's just the post office that's always having problems. so, right now you've got private insurers who are out there competing effectively, even though a lot of people get their care through medicare, medicaid or d.a. there is nothing inevitable about this destroying the public marketplace as long as, this is a legitimate point you're raising, it's not set up where the government is basically being subsidized by the taxpayers. >> okay. here's the concern that the president was trying to address just there. some of the plans, including his own say, hey, let's have a government-sponsored health insurance program for people under the age of 65, we already have one of those
CNN
Aug 24, 2009 1:00pm EDT
to prevent the spread. >> i have a question for you. it's elizabeth cohen. if a school has a death and they call you for guidance about what to do, will you tell them to close down if they have five deaths, will you advise them to close down? what will the cdc be advising in those situations? >> right now we are not advising that schools close. what we are doing is keeping a very close eye on what's happening with the flu during the fall and the winter, so we're looking at the numbers of hospitalizations and deaths, we're looking at whether or not there are changes to the virus that make it seem that it's getting to be more severe. if that does happen, then we may recommend that schools close but right now, we are not recommending that, even though we would expect to be seeing some influenza in schools. >> i understand that these decisions are up to the schools about when to close but if my child's school had children dying of h1n1 and the cdc didn't advise them to close down, i would find that a little strange. >> again, it is up to the schools to make that decision and it really
HLN
Aug 8, 2009 1:00pm EDT
. medical correspondent elizabeth cohen has more in today's "help for her." >> a recently published study suggests many women undergoing diagnostic tests for possible breast cancer may be enduring a lot more pain and spending a lot more money than necessary. that report published in the journal of the "american college of surgeons" says about 40% of female patients had open surgical biopsies despite professional guidelines that say a needle biopsy is just as good. >> the state of the art todays is needle biopsy. a needle biopsy is far less expensive, it hurts less, it doesn't cause any significant scarring. >> reporter: which is why some doctors are now crying foul and pointing fingers. >> here's why it's happening. unfortunately, many of these patients are controlled by surgeons and it may be that those surgeons do not know how to do needle biopsies or do not have the skill to do it, so rather than refer the patient to somebody who can do it, they do an open surgical biopsy which is, you know, ten years behind the time. >> reporter: surgical biopsies cost almost twice as much as needle b
CNN
Aug 9, 2009 2:00pm EDT
: elizabeth cohen, cnn, atlanta. ever worn your clothes in the shower? if you're using other moisturizing body washes, you might as well be. you see, their moisturizer sits on top of skin, almost as if you're wearing it. only new dove deep moisture has nutriummoisture, a breakthrough formula with natural moisturizers... that can nourish deep down. it's the most effective natural nourishment ever. new dove deep moisture with nutriummoisture. superior natural nourishment for your skin. it's the chevy open house. and now, with the cash for clunkers program, a great deal gets even better. let us recycle your older vehicle and you could qualify for an additional $3500 or $4500 cash back on a new, more fuel-efficient chevy. your chevy dealer has more eligible models to choose from. more than ford, toyota, or honda. now get an '09 silverado for under twenty eight-five after all offers. and get it for even less if you qualify for cash for clunkers program. go to chevy.com for details. you all want to run your businesses more efficiently, so we've brought in a team of experts to help. one suggestion is
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Aug 25, 2009 9:00am EDT
. >>> a lot going on in "newsroom" this morning. we begin with elizabeth cohen. >> could 90,000 people die from swine flu this coming season? i'll try to put that into perspective for you at the top of the hour. >>> are the best days of this country behind it? the united states government is engaged in a far reaching and very expensive set of programs to make sure that doesn't happen. that story at the top of the hour. >> and i'm poppy harlow in new york. the cash for clunkers party ends in two hours when the dealers have to submit their final paperwork. what happens to the u.s. auto industry after that? how sharp of a sales decline is the industry bracing for? more on that, heidi, at the top of the hour. >>> we also take a snapshot of health care on the border states. you'll hear about the challenges facing doctors and nurses about the patients they esee and what they say they need. >>> op-ed push back. the ceo of whole foods is prompting a protest from some of his store's customers. cnn's deborah faric has the story. >> reporter: many who shop at whole foods say they can justify to spend
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Aug 5, 2009 11:00am EDT
correspondent elizabeth cohen is standing by to help us with that story. >>> u.s. senators could decide later today to keep the cash for clunkers program, but, personal finance editor gerri willis says you may want to keep that clunker. her top tips straight ahead. >>> first, here is the latest on the dow. check it out. you can see the dow is down almost 74 points. details, more details coming up right here in "the newsroom." >>> we'll start you off with an i-report out of louisville. a whole bunch of dramatic pictures coming in and flooding yesterday and 6 1/2 inches of rain in little over two and a half hours. a lot of waist-deep waters and hard time getting through towns and even churchill downs they had to evacuate some of the thorough breads there to get them away from these rising waters. receding today. where the front is now is where we expect to see the potential for more flooding rains today, although we don't think it will be quite as deep. but right around this front where we highlight right across the deep south and then right along the front range of the rockies, that's where we
CNN
Aug 3, 2009 6:00am EDT
enough of a key vitamin. are your children at risk? 7:50 elizabeth cohen has answers. 55 past, cuban president is ready for talks with havana. live in havana with raul castro's warning to the white house. >>> at the top of the hour, will president obama's health care reform mean higher taxes for you. ed henry live at the white house to break it down. 45 minutes after the hour. we'll be right back. ♪ >> shouldn't be looking at that, should be looking at a shot of john dancing, but we digress. 48 minutes after the hour. good morning atlanta. look at that fog there. overcast and 72. but the forecast says it's going to be sunny and 90 degrees later. >> won't be a lick of humidity in the air either. >> exactly. there's a reason why they call it hotlanta. >> rob marciano in atlanta tracking extreme weather across the country. not only on shore but offshore. because as we would say we had the continental airlines plane went through severe turbulence off the southeastern united states, had to make an emergency landing. what do we know about that? >> here is flight explorer software, things
CNN
Aug 27, 2009 9:00am EDT
. but there are things you can do now to keep your eyes healthy, elizabeth cohen explains. >> morning, how are you doing? >> when he was young, albert always had great eyesight. he prided himself on never having to wear glasses. when he started to get into his late '40s, he realized he couldn't see as well. >> i noticed some changes in my vision, primarily in church when i would open a bible or something, i would have to position myself under a bright light. >> he was diagnosed with the beginnings of cataracts, a condition where the central portion of the retina begins to deteriorate. >> as people approach their 50s and later, they may have little yellow deposits that develop beneath the retina and that is the hallmark of what we call early age-related macular degeneration. >> reporter: there are plenty of lifestyle changes to make to slow that process. the best way to keep our eyes young, cut out tobacco. >> it's been related to several diseases in the eye, most noted macular degeneration. >> reporter: and a diet rich in vitamin e and zinc can help keep your eyes healthier longer. >> exercise and diet
CNN
Aug 11, 2009 6:00am EDT
. elizabeth cohen is following that for us today. kiran? >> with the developments of the investigation of michael jackson's death, the l.a. county coroner's office knows what killed michael jackson but not going public with the information just yet. ted rowlands is following that for us and the battle lines in the fight over michael jackson's estate. >>> john, kiran, six weeks after investigating the l.a. county coroner released a statement saying they've finished all of the work. finished the investigation in to the death of michael jackson. presumably a cause of death has been determined. however, they will not be releasing that information to the general public because the lapd has asked them to keep ahold on that information until the police investigation concludes in the death. so, while they know what killed michael jackson, they know what's in his system, the toxicology is back. the public will not know until the lapd gives them the go ahead. they're not sure when that is going to happen. they're saying basically the security hold in place will be kept in place indefinitely unti
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Aug 14, 2009 1:00pm EDT
of cervical cancer, but a lot of parents are saying the hpv vaccine is too risky. elizabeth cohen is here to help us sort it all out. not just some cute little gecko waffling on about this, 'n' that. gecko vo: i mean, i am easy on the eyes - but don't let that take away from how geico's always there for you. gecko vo: first rule of "hard work equals success." gecko vo: that's why geico is consistently rated excellent or better in terms of financial strength. gecko vo: second rule: "don't steal a coworker's egg salad, 'specially if it's marked "the gecko." come on people. ♪ bicycle, what are we waiting for? the flowers are blooming. the air is sweet. and zyrtec® starts... relieving my allergies... 2 hours faster than claritin®. my worst symptoms feel better, indoors and outdoors. with zyrtec®, the fastest... 24-hour allergy medicine, i promise not to wait as long to go for our ride. zyrtec® works fast, >>> as parents send their kids back to school, vaccinations are probably on a lot of to-do lists, but one shot that's being confused or has parents confused is the hpv cervical cancer
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Aug 25, 2009 6:00am EDT
are the big ones to think about as the season approaches. >> elizabeth cohen giving us useful information this morning. thanks so much. >> thanks. >>> a cnn health alert. a dangerous side effect to the popular weight loss drug alli. liver damage in some patients taking this medication. 27 patients were hospitalized and six suffered liver failure. but experts say they have not established any direct relationship between the weight loss treatments and liver injury and patients should continue using the drugs as directed. the drug maker did not immediately return calls for comment. >>> other stories new this morning -- the south african athlete at the center of the gender controversy is back home. hundreds turned out to see the 18-year-old runner who won the gold at the 800 meters in the championships in berlin. they were testing her gender after many people were questioning the athlete's deep voice and muscular build. >>> nasa said the weather forced them to stop the launch of "discovery." they're going to begin tomorrow. the middle of the night mission. part of the mission is to take a tre
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Aug 22, 2009 4:00pm EDT
the health co-ops as an option. when what is a co-op, we've asked elizabeth cohen to look at this, and she broke it down with poppy harlow. let's listen to that. >> let's look at what the characteristics of a co-op. first of all, what it is it is not a private insurance company it a nonprofit organization. the patients elect a governing board and their tens of thousands of members. so they don't have the need to turn a profit in the same way that big companies do. but you know, i called the two biggest co-ops in the country, there's one in seattle and one in minnesota, i said there's 46 million uninsured people, co-ops are getting a lot of attention will they help the uninsured, they both of them, said, no, not necessarily. we still charge premiums that are about the average of what other insurance policies charge and so and we also will sometimes deny people from pre-existing conditions. so co-ops, some people would say, are really not the answer because they provide competition, they might lower the price of insurance in their geographical area but they're certainly not charity, that's f
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Aug 5, 2009 1:00pm EDT
by an organ donor and recipient. senior medical correspondent, elizabeth cohen, has more on the domino effect of this procedure -- or the domino effect procedure. hey, elizabeth. >> hey, kyra. kyra, usually when we think of donating a kidney to someone while you're alive, you think of a husband donating to a wife or a parent to a child. but in this case that's not what happened. and let me explain why. first, take a look. here are our 14 people who were involved in this donation. that's 14 people. and these are the seven recipients down here at the bottom. all seven of these people down here at the bottom needed a kidney, but they couldn't wait the five years that it takes to get a cadaver kidney. there's 80,000 people on this list. so, some of them came up with a living person who was willing to donate, but here's what happened. this is larry and elizabeth. elizabeth needed a kidney, husband larry said, absolutely. but they did not match. so, what happened was that someone came forth and said, i'll donate to elizabeth. his name is jordan. there he is right there. that's jordan. and jordan di
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Aug 5, 2009 9:00am EDT
are worried about the upcoming flu season and our senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen is here to talk more about this. you were at the white house yesterday, what did you learn? i keep thinking about school, too. on monday school starts. >> people are going to be nervous are their kids walking into a swine flu fest with all these kids together? what i learned at this meeting is that federal official os are concerned that people are going to freak out this flu season. freak out is my term, not theirs. but they're concerned because swine flus kills young people and pregnant women. this is very different from seasonal flu where usually the victims are the elderly. so, when swine flu season starts in full swing in the fall and the winter and reports of young people dying, young students, college women, pregnant women, they're worried people are going to panic. >> hopefully that won't be the case and everybody will get the right information they need, but we also want to know, what are the plans to protect everybody? >> the number one plan is vaccinations. they're testing the vaccine right
CNN
Aug 7, 2009 1:00pm EDT
and teachers healthy. cnn's senior medical correspondent, elizabeth cohen, joining me now. so, what's the update? >> well, last spring, some 700 schools closed, all around the country. and do you know what, you might not see that this fall. in the spring the cdc was much more likely to encourage schools to close down when they had students with h1n1, also known as swine flu. but, the cdc had a press conference today, where they said the emphasis is more on keeping schools open. they're going to leave it to the schools to decide when they should close, which means some schools will and some schools won't when they have a lot of children with swine flu. so, schools will make that decision. and also the cdc says that students and teachers can return to school if they've had swine flu as long as it's 24 hours after the fever ends. they need to have been fever-free for 24 hours. also, the cdc is encouraging schools to teach good hand washing habits and respiratory etiquette. i'll show you what respiratory ed wet is. if i should sneeze or cough, i should turn away from you and turn into m
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Aug 27, 2009 11:00am EDT
's. >> a lot of oquestions. elizabeth cohen is here to help us sort through the confusion. >> stop there. >> thank you. >> too much information. so, i'm going to answer your second question first which is when you get the flu, you have no idea which one you get. you don't have a big "s" on your head for swine flu. you will have to go to the doctor and get tested and the doctor will not tell you. you have a flu. the second question that tony talked about, which shots do you get. let's talk about this for a minute. some people should only get the reg ler flu shots and others should only get the swine flu shot and others need to get both. let's talk about the group who needs to get both. >> and the question is, this is the -- >> here's the answer. so, both flu vaccines are recommended for pregnant women, anyone ages 6 months to 18 years. anyone 24 25 to 64 years old with a chronic condition like asthma or diabetes and people who take care of babies who are younger than 6 months old. now, when i say both shots, it's actually three shots. one shot is the seasonal flu shot, that's the one ever
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Aug 12, 2009 11:00am EDT
right away, we're going to put together a really smart informed people in our shop from elizabeth cohen to dr. sanjay gupta to the cnn money team, dana bash, brianna keilar on capitol hill and suzanne malveaux and ed henry at the white house to answer your questions. we will, of course, go outside the shop for answers, if we need to. and once we're able to answer your specific concerns, we will air them for you right here in the "cnn newsroom. err error. ali velshi taking it to the streets to hear what's on the minds of americans when it comes to the economy and health care. we are talking to him live across multiple cnn platforms and that is straight ahead for you. ♪ well i was shopping for a new car, ♪ ♪ which one's me - a cool convertible or an suv? ♪ ♪ too bad i didn't know my credit was whack ♪ ♪ 'cause now i'm driving off the lot in a used sub-compact. ♪ ♪ f-r-e-e, that spells free credit report dot com, baby. ♪ ♪ saw their ads on my tv ♪ thought about going but was too lazy ♪ ♪ now instead of looking fly and rollin' phat ♪ ♪ my legs are sticking
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Aug 13, 2009 9:00am EDT
of the hour. >>> i'm elizabeth cohen in atlanta. ki parent bring their kids to thepedia titian and some parents are just saying no to the vaccine the government recommends. at the top of the hour, i'll tell you which one. >>> we'll see you shortly. turning people away from free health care clinics. what's going on? we'll ask the woman in charge of one clinic that's faced with that decision every single day. her story. >>> welcome back. checking stories happening right now. thousands of mourners will attend today's wake for eunice kennedy shriver. shriver was the sister of president john f. kennedy and she founded the special olympics. she died tuesday at the age of 88. >>> federal authorities are calling their bust of a marriage immigration ring one of the biggest ever. the 50 people charged include illegal immigrants and the u.s. citizens that they married. this ring was based in cincinnati, but reached all over the country. authorities say the illegal immigrants paid fees for the sham marriages and not to mention the documents that came with them. >>> a former aide to bill clinton is
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Aug 14, 2009 9:00am EDT
'm elizabeth cohen here in atlanta, having trouble paying your medical bills? who you going to call? the advocates who will stand in for you and fight your fight. that at the top of the hour. >>> in the "cnn newsroom" you know what's going on at the town hall meetings and we know some people that are there because we are talking to them. ice 1) we've detected an anomaly... (voice 2) how bad is it? (voice 1) traffic's off the chart... (voice 2) they're pinging more targets... (voice 3) isolate... prevent damage... (voice 2) got 'em. (voice 3) great exercise guys. let's run it again. in a long line of amazing performance machines. this is the new e-coupe. this is mercedes-benz. >>> well, afghanistan's presidential election is less than a week away. more than 40 men and women trying to beat incumbent president har midkarzai. the vote is a historic one with a lot at stake and ivan watson reports now from kabul. >> reporter: it's been the bloodiest summer yet since the overthrow of the taliban eight years ago. despite the violence, candidates for afghanistan's top office are out on the c
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Aug 18, 2009 11:00am EDT
-moving story and elizabeth cohen will explain that public option and what that all means. we'll begin with you, suzanne. this is all about politics. take a step back and say where does president obama stand on this public option at this moment. is he willing to drop a public plan for a health care plan? >> if you listen to health care officials closely, they're not saying the public option is the only option and a make or break situation. they're saying it is the best option we heard when john king the host of "state of the union" asked health and human secretary kathleen sebelius about this, the two things she's convinced at the end of the day, the plan will have choice in competition but she says it's not an essential element to have this public option. we have just heard from her, once again, the secretary, and i want you to take a listen very closely to how she is describing the public option today. >> all i can tell you is that sunday must have been a very slow news day. because here's the bottom line. absolutely nothing is changed. we continue to support the public options that will help
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Aug 24, 2009 6:00am EDT
is planning to vaccinate millions of people in the next month against swine flu. elizabeth cohen joins us from atlanta. is this doable? >> you know what? i was at a meeting at the white house a couple of weeks ago, and they said, look, this is going to be definitely a tough job. they're trying to vaccinate half the population in less than three months, kiran. so there are logistical issues, they're going to set up clinics at churches and schools, but there are also some other issues. they're trying to convince people to get shots who really are not accustomed to getting flu shots every year. and kiran, when i show you this list, you'll see what i mean. this is a list of the people who were supposed to get flu shots against h1n1, pregnant women, anyone ages 6 months to 24 years old, anyone ages 25 to 64 with health problems, parents and care givers of babies under the age of six months. this is a much younger group of people that who get the regular seasonal flu vaccine, and when you see the statistics i'm about to show you, you'll see why they want younger people to get vaccinated. the reason
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Aug 25, 2009 11:00am EDT
could actually die from swine flu. elizabeth cohen explains what you need to know when deciding on vaccinations for you and your children. and out of work in california, the state has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, but there are some bright spots. change it up a bit... and you're sure to get a reaction. [ motorcycle engine growl ] ♪ don't let erectile dysfunction slow things down. ♪ viva viagra! viagra, america's most prescribed ed treatment, can help you enjoy a more satisfying sexual experience. to learn more, cruise on over to viagra.com. ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough for sex. don't take viagra if you take nitrates for chest pain... as it may cause an unsafe drop in blood pressure. side effects may include headache, flushing, upset stomach, and abnormal vision. to avoid long-term injury, seek immediate medical help... for an erection lasting more than four hours. stop taking viagra and call your doctor right away... if you experience a sudden decrease in vision or hearing. ♪ viva ♪ viva now's the time to get moving... ♪ viagra
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Aug 16, 2009 1:00pm EDT
actually be giving up a lot more than just comfort. elizabeth cohen has today's "health for her". >> reporter: nicole loves shoes. from paris to payless, she's picked up more than 50 pairs. mainly cistilettos and other hi heels. nicole has been wearing heels since the sixth grade and over the years her style choice has caused her a number of problems. >> i have broken my ankles and have foot pain 24/7 and i continue to wear them. >> reporter: pediatrists say that's not unusual. many never associate their shoes with their pain. >> heel pain, bunion formation and flare-ups. >> reporter: at temple university school of poed at ric medicine, doctors use the data to better understand how different types of shoes put pressure on various points of the foot, including the balls, heels, and arches. they're finding the higher the heel, the more stress on the toes and ankle joints, causing a multitude of long-lasting health issues. >> the chronic parts of wearing heels for a long time that actually affect the muscles, the balance, the actual deform tis and the number one thing is degenerati
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Aug 12, 2009 1:00pm EDT
cohen, and josh levs. the cnn's truth squad. let's go ahead and start with you, elizabeth. one of the big questions, of course, is will my employer go for the public option and stop paying for the insurance that i currently have? before you answer that, here's what the president had to say, and then i want to get your reaction. >> i think private insurers should be able to compete. they do it all the time. i mean, if you think about -- if you think about it, you know, ups and fedex are doing just fine, right? no, they are. it's the post office that's always having problems. so, right now, you've got private insurers who are out there competing effectively, even though a lot of people get their care through medicare or medicaid or va. so, there's nothing inevitable about this somehow destroying the private marketplace, as long as -- and this is a legitimate point that you're raising -- that it's not set up where the government is basically being subsidized by the taxpayers. >> so, elizabeth, is that true? >> well, kyra, i feel the need to sort of explain a little bit what this d
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Aug 6, 2009 1:00pm EDT
, elizabeth cohen, joins us. so, elizabeth, why the compelling need for this kind of vigilance? >> because studies show that 1 out of 15 kids who are in the hospital have a medical error happen to them that harms them. that's 1 out of 15 kids harmed by a medical error in the hospital. that's a pretty high number, so these parents in this study who with vigilant, they were vigilant for a reason. and two-thirds of the people in the study were. this isn't just a matter for children. consider these statistics, every year there are up to 98,000 deaths due to errors that. in hospitals, and 99,000 deaths from infections that people get in the hospital. in other words, they came in without the infection. they got the infection in the hospital, and died. so, some people would say you can't do too much. >> yeah. >> you really need to go the extra mile to make sure you're safe in the hospital. >> so, infections, one. your, empowered patient" column said there are other errors that nurses revealed to you. like what? >> who is going to know more about what really goes down in a hospital? the nurses. so
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